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Old 05-08-2010, 06:11 AM   #991
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take time to enjoy your resort. we use the 2 travels days to stay at the ASMo and relax, swim, sun, etc. rather than do every day at a park
don't over pack. Use the laundry and save your luggage space for purchases. In this economy with the cost of checking bags it will be a good habit to start.
make some dining ADRs at the Deluxe resorts or other resorts you'd like to check out. After dining, explore the resort and grounds and all it has to offer.
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Old 05-08-2010, 10:26 AM   #992
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I too think that Fanny packs are great!

Though with a small child, I will need more than that in carry space. I have decided on a smallish knapsack (a sporty type...weather proof material) and ziplock bags for those items that must stay dry. This will enable me to carry those essential sippy cups and snacks that my little one will need throughout the day. I will also be able to carry dh's wallet for him (in a ziplock of course!) and maybe a dry pair of shorts for myself and dd3...we hate wet bottoms!!! DH doesn't care if he is wet...man thing I suppose!.....
Just to let you and anyone else know I wanted a fanny pack so I got on ebay and bought a Kelty pack and oh my word was it big! My husband laughed at me when I put it on because of the size. I took my kids hiking a few weeks ago and took it along. I fit 6 caprisuns in it and snacks as well as an extra pair of shoes for my 2yr old. It even came with a changing pad. It will be plenty big enough for us on our trip. It will fit my pal mickey in there with plenty of extra room for sunscreen, wallet, camera, and more.

My favorite advice was to bring a stroller. I am so glad we did. the rentals were hard and very uncomfortable looking!
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Old 05-08-2010, 10:35 AM   #993
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DW and I just returned from a mini-vacation to Vegas. Headed to the World in October for our big vacation. We had to try some of the tips we learned here and I gotta say, you Dis'ers are awesome. This is what we tried out so far:

Mole Skin. Trying to break in new sandals and this came in handy.
Body Glide. Love it.
Powerstrip. This was one of the best tips yet. We encountered the, not enough plugs scenario.
Space saver bags. Only needed one suitcase between the 2 of us this way. Where we each would've taken one,thus eliminating one.

One new one we discovered was a clothesline that hangs in the shower. We used it to hang our swim suits after. I know people mentioned they use the hangers with the clips. The one we found was from REI and you don't need hangers. It twists to hold your clothes in place.

Thanks to all my Dis'ers. Can't wait to try the rest of the tips we've learned.
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Old 05-13-2010, 08:54 PM   #994
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Saving this thread. Thanks!!
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Old 05-24-2010, 03:39 AM   #995
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Sure it has been said, but $1 Coleman ponchos at Target or WalMart are a win! And now they come in colors other than hunter orange!
Are these Coleman ponchos as good as the Disney ones? I found some at Walmart $6 for adult and $5 for kids. Are they similar materials?

also, do the Disney ones come with their own storage bag like the Colemans do?
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Old 05-24-2010, 11:42 PM   #996
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thanks for all the great tips!
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Old 05-25-2010, 01:09 AM   #997
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Are these Coleman ponchos as good as the Disney ones? I found some at Walmart $6 for adult and $5 for kids. Are they similar materials?

also, do the Disney ones come with their own storage bag like the Colemans do?
Disney ponchos do not come with a storage bag only thier original wrapping and it would be tough to restuff it.
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Old 05-25-2010, 08:43 AM   #998
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Disney ponchos do not come with a storage bag only thier original wrapping and it would be tough to restuff it.
Absolutely agree with that! We always buy the dollar store ones - lots. That way we just throw them away when were finished. No trying to deal with putting wet ponchos away. We have used ponchos on the ground/chairs when they were wet to! Very handy and light.
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Old 05-25-2010, 08:36 PM   #999
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Disney tip that I'm glad we listened to?? Buy "The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World"! Man, that was so handy for the first few trips to Disney!
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1) Don't bother sending your kids into the swarms of kids bombarding the characters along Main Street, in Adventureland, etc. Book a character meal, and meet them there instead. Or, meet them in Toontown -the line is long, but so worth it -especially the princesses!

2) We had been collecting pins for souvenirs. You can get a huge lot of these on ebay. It doesn't matter if you don't like them because you can trade them.

3) Pressed pennies are a really cheap and really fun souvenir.
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Making ADR's

It sounds like a no brainer but a lot of people don't know you need to do this to secure dining reservations at character meals especially - I know there is no way we would have known to make ADR's for Chef Mickey's etc. without our podcast and Disboard buddies! Years ago the hubby and I used to just show up and go to guest relations for making ADR's the day of but now we know you need ADR's.
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Old 05-27-2010, 09:55 AM   #1003
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Disney tip that I'm glad we listened to?? Buy "The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World"! Man, that was so handy for the first few trips to Disney!

Really? I have been debating buying this. You found it very helpful? May I ask in what areas specifically? (dining, touring plans, hotels?)

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Really? I have been debating buying this. You found it very helpful? May I ask in what areas specifically? (dining, touring plans, hotels?)

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Touring plans. Best times to see attractions. Ratings of attractions by age group.

Their dining section is great also but I would rather read the menus and see the ratings online.

If you don't want the book, the website touringplans.com has all the same info and customized touring plans (and the info is more up to date).
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*The DDP does not distinguish between children and adults for counter service meals, so anybody can order either size meal. This was a lifesaver for us (1) because sometimes the kids wanted something on the adult menu (like the hot dog at the Backlot Express) and (2) because our 15 mo old DS didn't have his own dining plan and we could order, say, the adult portion of chicken nuggets and split it between him and his sister.
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